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What’s surprising is how much better the colour accuracy on the Samsung 305T was, considering that the Samsung uses an S-PVA panel, rather than an S-IPS like this Dell. Clearly the Samsung was properly calibrated at the factory, but it still shows that Samsung’s S-PVA technology is getting better all the time. It’s also not as if the viewing angle is better on the Dell, with both screens providing excessively acute viewing angles with little or no colour or intensity drop off.
When it comes to specifications, the Dell 3007WFP-HC offers the same 1000:1 contrast ratio as the Samsung, but can’t quite match its 400 cd/m2 brightness, managing only 300 cd/m2. Likewise, the Dell’s 8ms grey-to-grey response time is just a tad behind the Samsung’s 6ms – not that I put masses of stock in response times. With the Dell and Samsung side by side, the latter definitely does produce a brighter image, so that extra 100 cd/m2 is making its presence known.
Dell can’t play the price card this time around either – at £939 including VAT it’s only £10 cheaper than the Samsung, pretty much taking cost out of the equation.
The biggest problem with the Dell 3007WFP-HC is that it’s so badly set up out of the box. This screen clearly needs to be properly calibrated, and I’m sure that if it was, it could produce a fine image. But considering that very few buyers will have the equipment needed to calibrate a screen, most users will take it out of the box and use it “as is”.
There’s a lot going for this screen. The design is still good, the stand is well made and easy to adjust, while the USB ports and integrated card reader are a definite bonus. It’s also worth noting that the Dell’s DVI port is HDCP compliant while the Samsung’s is not – not that I’d encourage anyone to watch HD content so massively scaled of course.
At the end of the day though, if image quality is the most important thing to you, and you don’t have the tools and experience to calibrate a monitor properly, the Samsung 305T is a better bet.
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